Morning Cup of Joe – Every Minute, Every Second


Every minute, Every second

Some days I stand tall and proud as I reflect on what I accomplished in just 24 hours. There are also days, when I look at the time and realize 24 hours has passed and I have absolutely nothing to show for it; those days are the hardest. Unfortunately, it seems like I have more days when I feel I could have done more with my twenty-four.

I’ve never been a big list maker but I have found that this is the most effective way to actually stay focused on the task at hand. I’ve never been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but I sometimes find it hard to focus on one thing at a time so I literally have to force myself to constantly review this list I created to see where I am and evaluate what I’ve accomplished.

If you’re like most people, crossing everything off of your list may never happen. One of the reasons why crossing everything off of your list may never happen is simply because you always add more things to the list. What I have found to be helpful is once I create a list to stick with that list. If I have new things let me to be added then I will create a new list. The end goal is to cross everything off of that list. There’s so much joy in crossing everything off that list. In fact there is joy and crossing one thing off that list.

Making every minute and every second count doesn’t start nor stop with creating a to-do list. it starts with focusing your mind intently on what you intend to accomplish and achieve. It starts with developing a stubborn like dedication and a freakishly disciplined mindset. It starts with a sincere desire of wanting to win. It starts when you say that you will accomplish something and not only do you believe it but you do everything in your power to maximize the time God has given you want to Earth to relentlessly pursue your dreams; that’s what making every second count means.

How many seconds out of the 86,400 seconds we have a day are you wasting doing nothing? And by doing nothing I mean spending less then 2 to 3 hours focusing on and working towards accomplishing your dreams. While you’re sitting down wasting time there someone else working twice as hard just to be better than you, faster than you, richer than you, more healthier than you and the list goes on and on. Don’t be a member of the group who is simply taking up space.

Make every minute count and every second matter.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Moving Mountains


The world is filled with two types of people; those who make things happen and those who watch those who make things happen. I am going to ask you to make a choice, if you haven’t already, between the two groups. Obviously membership in one of the groups has its benefits and clear pitfalls in the other. Once you choose the “right” side, you cannot turn back nor are you allowed to terminate your membership at any given time. Your membership dues are simply based on the effort you put into making the world we share a better place. Your dues are your contribution to the world around you.

To make something happen not only takes an incredible amount of guts, it also takes a reasonable amount of faith. And by a reasonable amount of faith, I mean you truly don’t need much. Remember, all you need is faith the size of a mustard-seed if you are having trouble moving your mountains. While your mind creates ideas, your hands must work to build them. Faith is the temporary belief in the unseen with the knowledge and expectation that you will inevitably see that which you focus so intently on. Allow your faith to guide and lead you.

From my experience, an abundance of rewards come when we take risks and maintain the necessary faith that it will all work out; eventually it does. Taking risks sounds riskier than it is; you simply have to step out on faith. Walk in the understanding that you were not born to fail. Whenever I see a void, I never wait to see if someone else can fill it. Never sit and watch as things happen, never. You have the necessary tools at your disposal to create anything yet so many of us are satisfied with someone else doing it for us; snap out of it. Grab your destiny by the horns and build your dream. What are you waiting for?

It takes no effort to witness a miracle; creating one is equally laborious.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Time & Effort


We live in a day and age where everyone expects everything the moment they request it. These days we are not willing to wait too long for anything; we need it and we need it now! A vast majority of our meals are on the-go, microwaved or conveniently handed through the windows of our vehicles. This particular way of thinking and behaving is damaging to the natural ebb and flow of destined blessings. This microwave mentality spoils you into thinking that everything should come just as easily.

Anything worth having not only takes time; it takes discipline and hard work. If it comes fast, it will leave just as fast if not faster. I remember the first car I purchased with my hard earned money. I took care of that car as if it were a new born baby. I washed it at least twice a day and sometimes in the rain. Like most things in life, I cherished the car because I know exactly what it took to get it. With hard work and dedication, I was able to see and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am going to venture to say that I would have treated the car completely differently had it been a gift or a hand-me-down. While there are some cases where certain exceptions exist, I have witnessed countless real-life examples where this holds true.

Everyone wants to be rich but nobody wants to work for it. You must be willing to give it your very best each and every time. The fact that some blessings take longer than others should not prevent you from working twice as hard for the one that is on its way. Stop expecting miracles and start creating them. Get out of the mindset that you will get something for nothing, it does not work. When we slow down our efforts, we slow down the progress towards the realization of our dreams.

Everything cannot be as easy as 1-2-3; you won’t appreciate it as much. We appreciate most that which we work the hardest to obtain.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Compare & Contrast


We are all built differently. Our minds, our motivations and inspirations differentiate from one another. How we process particular functions are different. We are all individually wired to produce the explicit outcomes we have become accustomed to producing. We are all independently created with specific talents and specific gifts. Although we breathe the same air and share the same space, we are not the same.

While we are not the same, we are still one. Learn to condition your mind to believe that your blessings are preordained. The outcomes you have in your life are a result of your actions and/or inactions. Your results are based on your contributions. Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. The measure of success is intended to be independently defined. You cannot realistically compare someone else’s results to your efforts. That’s like comparing apples to cars; no comparison.

The sooner you realize that we are all uniquely blessed, the sooner you can stop comparing your blessings to the next persons. What you consider just another day, a terminal patient considers a miracle. You have what it takes to be what you want to be. If you continue to focus your energy and attention on others instead of yourself, they will continue to be ahead of you.

Focus on yourself, maximize your potential and walk in the understanding that God made you in his perfect image.

You are truly blessed.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – The Fight

Anything worth having is indeed worth fighting for, right? While this is true, most people never consider the opposite. Anything worth fighting for is truly worth having. Think about it. When was the last time you fought hard to have something? Did you get that thing? If you did, you most likely still have it. Where we go wrong is with thinking that if it’s worth having then it’s worth fighting for. Shift your focus to whether it is worth fighting for because if it is then most likely its worth having.

There are some people and many things in your life that you didn’t fight to get yet I am willing to bet that you are willing to fight to keep. Obviously, there is a thin line between the two. Your focus should be to distinguish between what is worth fighting for and what is not. Some things simply aren’t worth fighting for. Truthfully, there are some people who aren’t worth fighting for either.

Your ultimate goal should be to achieve personal happiness; understand that no one and nothing can help you achieve this goal. Personal happiness can only be achieved by taking full responsibility for your own happiness. You are the only one who can make you happy. Most of the time we depend on others to fill that void. If you continue to do this, you will continue to be disappointed. It is not only important to take a personal inventory of what is worth fighting for in your life, it is equally important to know that you are worth fighting for.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – From Mailroom to CEO

Where you start isn’t always where you’ll end up. Don’t be afraid to pay your dues in order to reap the rewards of your efforts. We live in a society today where most people want what they aren’t willing to work for. Even more overvalue their contribution to any given organization or corporation. I researched top executives who started out at the very bottom of the barrel and built their way up the proverbial corporate ladder. Here are a few of their stories.

Wally Amos started working in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency before he developed his world-renown chocolate chip cookie recipe. He attended the Food Trades Vocational High School and was inspired by his aunt’s homemade cookies. Famous Amos cookies can be found everywhere in the world.

Sidney Weinberg didn’t have an Ivy League education and didn’t come from a wealthy family but he lead investment giant Goldman Sachs for almost forty years. He started out as a janitor’s assistant, earning $3 per week brushing hats and wiping mud off from the firm partners’ shoes before he was promoted to mailroom clerk.

This Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox began her career as a mechanical engineering intern and worked her way up. As an African-American female in the corporate world the odds were stacked against her but Ursula M. Burns was not afraid of hard work. She leads more than 140,000 employees of Xerox who serve clients in more than 160 countries.

These are a few examples of how hard work pays off and proves that you don’t have to be ashamed to start from the bottom. If you are able to visualize the future, where you are today becomes less important than where you could be tomorrow. Maintain the understanding that your future is only as bright as your vision for it. Nothing worth having ever came easily so start where you are and work your way TO THE TOP!

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Extra Effort

Whatever you desire is already yours, you just have to go out and claim it. As simple as that sounds a majority of people have difficulty with this concept. The interesting thing about it is that it applies to your hearts desires, whatever they may be. Whether it’s an employment opportunity, a significant other or even a material item, it is already yours. By claiming it, you are not simply saying it is yours, you have to physically move towards that which you seek.

I have conducted numerous unemployment seminars where some members of the audience were having a tough time finding jobs. When this particular problem eventually comes up, I always ask “How are you looking for employment opportunities?” The response is almost always, “I am at home applying on-line but I’m not getting any traction or any call backs.” There is a clear reason why no one was calling back and it wasn’t because the employer wasn’t interested. It’s primarily due to the fact that human resources departments are bombarded with hundreds if not thousands of applications; you have to figure out how to stand out from the crowd. The good news is it’s not that difficult.

When I was responsible for sourcing through employment applications at a previous company, I would almost always give preferential treatment to the individual who physically came in to my office, although it was ill-advised, to personally drop off their resume and cover letter. I would set-up a mutually convenient interview time right then and there because I admired and fully understood what it takes to stand out from the crowd. A few more reasons why I extended an offer to interview were because I realized and respected the extra effort it took to get professionally dressed, the bravery it took to walk into our office and the energy, time and, in some cases, struggle it takes to physically attempt to meet an opportunity half-way. That’s how you get rewarded, by meeting the opportunity half-way.

If there is something that you desire, whatever it may be, you cannot sit at home hoping it will show up at your doorstep. I can almost guarantee that it will never happen. Be very clear on what you want and do whatever it takes to get it. Anything worth having is not only worth fighting for, it’s also worth chasing.

Go and claim what is already yours.

To The Top!
Joe Paul